I grade each play on a 1 to 5 scale. Loss of yardage is rated a 0, no gain is rated a 1, a gain of 1-3 yards is rated a 2, gains of 4-6 are rated a 3, gains of 7-9 yards or are rated a 4, and gains of 10+ yards are rated a 5. TDs increase your overall grade by 10 points, and fumbles decrease your score by -5. I do it like this to factor in receptions, reward positive plays accordingly, and penalize negative plays accordingly. The total from the grades of each individual play are then converted to letter grades, with As representing (50 or higher), Bs (39-49), Cs (29-39), Ds (19-29), and Fs (0-18) being given out for total performance). Performance of the offensive line and available running space is also factored in.
Running Backs: Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Tommy Bohanon
Total Carries: 19
Rushing Yards: 103
Yards Per Carry: 5.4
Total Touches: 24
Total Yards: 125
Yards Per Touch: 5.2
1. Bilal Powell, B
Best Play: 1st and 10 at CAR 24, the Jets went directly into the no huddle after Ivory’s 35 yard run. Geno lined up in the shotgun with Powell next to him. Powell took a handoff right up the middle to the Carolina 9 for 15 yards. The offensive line, specifically Winters, Mangold, and Colon did a great job on this play in creating a hole big enough for Bilal to get through and pick up chunk yardage.
Worst Play: 1st and 10 at CAR 36, Bilal Powell lined up in the shotgun and took a handoff from Geno Smith left guard to CAR 34 for 2 yards before Luke Kuechly and Greg Hardy brought him down. There was actually more yardage to be had if Bilal had bounced the run outside, but he chose to run right into the middle of the Panthers defense.
Analysis: Bilal had 8 carries for 37 yards and averaged 4.4 yards per carry against the number one ranked rush defense entering Week 15. Bilal added four receptions for 19 yards as well. A solid game for Bilal, as he’s really settled in nicely to his 3rd down role.
2. Chris Ivory, B
Best Play: 1st and 10 at NYJ 41, Chris Ivory lined up in the shotgun next to Geno Smith. The Kraken took the handoff, followed a great block by Ferguson and a good seal block by Winters, and was gone for 35 yards before he was pushed out of bounds. Ferguson’s block was the one that sprung Ivory, but Winters did a good job on Greg Hardy, who had been moved inside on this play, and the Jets were in Panthers territory.
Worst Play: 1st and 9 at CAR 9, Ivory tried to take the run around right end but Charles Johnson beat Austin Howard and tackled Ivory for a one yard loss. After giving up 50 yards on back to back carries, the Panthers were aided by Brian Winters’s rookie mistake as he slammed into Austin Howard’s back. That mistake might’ve saved a TD, as the Panthers defense had given up back to back big runs.
Chris Ivory put together another nice game as well, as he finished with a 6.6 yards per carry average on only 11 carries. Ivory’s big run was the 35 yarder when the Jets were driving, but he also had a good game in blitz pickup. He dropped a pass from Geno that could’ve gone for some positive yardage, and his inability to be a weapon in the passing game has been the one weakness for Ivory during this season since he’s been healthy.
3. Tommy Bohanon, N/A
Analysis: Bohanon received 0 carries but did have one reception on three targets. Bohanon, also, didn’t play many snaps as the lead blocker.
Team Grade: A
The New York Jets running backs played an outstanding game against the league’s number one ranked defense. The Panthers were allowing 79.1 yards a game entering this game and Powell and Ivory ran for 103 on only 19 carries. Ivory’s 6.6 yards per carry were the highest this Carolina defense allowed all season and the 157 total rushing yards were the highest total they had allowed this year. It was a good game for the Jets running backs, and I suspect that the Jets would’ve continued to run the ball had they not fallen behind 30-13. Definitely an encouraging game for the Jets running backs.
Until next time Jets fans, Happy Holidays!